It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers
With summer just around the corner and the school year coming to an end, I’m excited about the thought of having a little more time to catch up on summer reading. Part of that includes my pursuit of the latest and greatest professional books that will help me in my goal of “reflecting and refining” my teaching practices. Here are the books I’m excited about reading this summer…
The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers – Jennifer Serravallo
First on my list is Jennifer Serravallo’s new book from Heinemann. I first learned about this book from my wonderful far-away teacher friend Sharee Gaiser. She shared the book with me on Facebook and told me she was making many connections to my book Reading Power. So now I’m excited and curious about reading it! Jennifer Serravallo has a few other books that also look interesting – one on small group instruction and another on conferencing. Watch a short video clip of Jen talking about how her books go together.
Grammar Matters: Lessons, Tips and Conversations Using Mentor Texts K-6 by Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty
I often have teachers ask me for references for grammar books. While I am not a big supporter of grammar excercises in isolation, children do need to learn correct usage and structure of the language within the context of their writing. So when I saw this new book by the authors of Mentor Texts, Nonfiction Mentor Texts and Poetry Mentor Texts – all three are well used books in my professional collection – I was very excited! This book is a handy reference for helping students learn about parts of speech, idioms, usage issues, and punctuation and, like their other books, uses specific mentor texts (picture books) to support the lessons. Who knew I could get excited about teaching grammar?!
“One of the greatest gifts of writing is the way it nudges us to look more closely not only at the world but also at ourselves.” I love everything Kate Messner writes -her picture books, her novels and her professional books. She is my hero! This book grew out of Messner’s popular online summer writing camp, Teachers Write. It is her strong belief that if we are going to help our students to be writers, we (teachers) need to be writers ourselves.
The Unstoppable Writing Teacher – M. Colleen Cruz
Isn’t this a GREAT title? And cover? And if that weren’t enough – forward by Lucy Calkins? “Veteran teacher and author Colleen Cruz takes|common concerns, struggles, and roadblocks that we all face in writing instruction and helps us engage in the process of problem solving each one.” This one is a MUST read for me this summer!
by Ron Ritchhart
Yes, it still is and always will be about thinking for me! I discovered this author by accident when I was presenting at SENSE Charter School in Indianapolis last month. Making Thinking Visible was sitting on a table and I was immediately drawn to the title because thinking and metacognition is at the center of all that I believe. I’m looking forward to hearing his message in both of these books.
Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note – Signposts and Questions – Kylene Beers & Robert Probst
I met Kylene Beers and Bob Probst at a reading conference in Saskatchewan last year and heard them speak about their previous book Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. In this book, I learned about their term “signposts” – places in text that alert readers to significant moments readers need to “notice and note”, then question and explore them through their own interpretations. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of their new book, which will not be until October (but I’m including it on my list anyway) and learning about Nonfiction “signposts”!
Linda Dacey, Karen Gartland, and Jayne Bamford Lynch
I make an effort to move out of my comfort zone and read ONE non literacy book every year. I am the first to admit that Math is not one of my strong subject areas so this book looks like a perfect choice – and it has “thinking” in the title! (This book comes out June 30th)
So there you have it…. my list of professional reads for the summer! I may not get through them all but I’m going to try!
What professional books are in your TBR pile this summer?